Published: Sun, April 30, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

David Moyes: I won't walk away from Sunderland

David Moyes: I won't walk away from Sunderland

It was a goal that immediately brought chants of "we want Moyes out" from fans who have suffered a nightmare season when relegation has always looked on the cards. I am truly sorry that we have not been able to retain our top-flight status for them.

Sunderland is headed down to the Football League Championship after being relegated on Saturday following a 1-0 loss at home to Bournemouth.

Basement-side Sunderland, who have been battling the drop for the last four seasons, are 12 points adrift of the safety zone with five games to play as they prepare to host 13th-placed Bournemouth on Saturday.

Another early goal conceded against Middlesbrough midweek in the Tees-Wear derby did little to ease the antagonism aimed towards Moyes by the travelling Sunderland faithful as fresh choruses of derision were aimed towards the away dugout at the Riverside Stadium.

"I think a lot of managers here have had frustrations, the fans have got big frustrations".

Asked if his job had been made more hard by Hull's resurgence under new manager Marco Silva, Moyes added: "It's good when people come in, but when people do it for 14, 15 years in the Premier League, and how their record stands up over that period, that's when you judge people".

"All I want is the supporters to get behind the players to give them every chance of winning the game".

Anthony Joshua Wladimir Klitschko
GETTY Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday

"We hadn't won a game since December, so we needed to win the game", said Agnew, whose side now face a daunting trip to Manchester City on Sunday. We'll back the Away Win. "We have got to find that and we have got to get it back quickly".

Didier Ndong was the only player willing to run with the ball at his feet, and with Bournemouth having put four goals past Boro last weekend, Sunderland's players will have to be more adventurous if they are to avoid another humiliating experience today. We need to win tomorrow.

"We are not safe until it is mathematically done", said manager Eddie Howe. The reality is that Sunderland AFC retain no desire to sack the man they have so far stood by.

He added: "Sometimes change is [painful] and time in the modern life we work and live in is maybe not a thing there's an terrible lot of".

"I'm really disappointed", said Sunderland manager Moyes.

Jamie Vardy extended his hot scoring streak to ease champion Leicester's Premier League relegation fears with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich on Saturday.

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